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813-816 - Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy

17 April 2016 - 08:52 PM

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WIM WENDERS: THE ROAD TRILOGY
Wim Wenders

In the 1970s, Wim Wenders was among the first true international breakthrough artists of the revolutionary New German Cinema, a filmmaker whose fascination with the physical landscapes and emotional contours of the open road proved to be universal. In the middle of that decade, Wenders embarked on a three-film journey that took him from the wide roads of Germany to the endless highways of the United States and back again. Starring Rüdiger Vogler as the director’s alter ego, Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move, and Kings of the Road are dramas of emotional transformation that follow their characters’ searches for themselves, all rendered with uncommon soulfulness and visual poetry.


COLLECTOR'S SET INCLUDES:

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ALICE IN THE CITIES
Germany • 1974 • 113 minutes • Black and White • 1.66:1 • German
The first of the road films that would come to define the career of Wim Wenders, the magnificent Alice in the Cities is an emotionally generous and luminously shot journey. A German journalist (Rüdiger Vogler) is driving across the United States to research an article; it’s a disappointing trip, in which he is unable to truly connect with what he sees. Things change, however, when he is forced to take a young girl named Alice (Yella Rottländer) with him on his return trip to Germany, after her mother (Lisa Kreuzer)—whom he has just met—leaves the child in his care. Though they initially find themselves at odds, the pair begin to form an unlikely friendship.

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WRONG MOVE
Germany • 1975 • 104 minutes • Color • 1.66:1 • German
Wim Wenders updates a late-eighteenth-century novel by Goethe with depth and style, transposing it to 1970s West Germany and giving us the story of an aimless writer (Rüdiger Vogler) who leaves his hometown to find himself and befriends a group of other travelers. Seeking inspiration to help him escape his creative funk, he instead discovers the limits of attempts to refashion one’s identity. One of the director’s least seen but earthiest and most devastating soul searches, Wrong Move features standout supporting performances from New German Cinema regulars Hanna Schygulla and Peter Kern and, in her first film appearance, Nastassja Kinski.

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KINGS OF THE ROAD
Germany • 1976 • 176 minutes • Black and White • 1.66:1 • German
A roving film projector repairman (Rüdiger Vogler) saves the life of a depressed psychologist (Hanns Zischler) who has driven his Volkswagen into a river, and they end up on the road together, traveling from one rural German movie theater to another. Along the way, the two men, each running from his past, bond over their shared loneliness. Kings of the Road, captured in gorgeous com-positions by cinematographer Robby Müller and dedicated to Fritz Lang, is a love letter to the cinema, a moving and funny tale of male friendship, and a portrait of a country still haunted by war.

DISC FEATURES
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfers of all three films, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation and supervised by director Wim Wenders
  • Audio commentaries for all three films, featuring Wenders and actors Rüdiger Vogler and Yella Rottländer on Alice in the Cities, and featuring Wenders on Wrong Move and Kings of the Road
  • New interview with Wenders, directed and conducted by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
  • New interviews with Vogler, Rottländer, and actors Lisa Kreuzer and Hanns Zischler
  • Outtakes and Super 8 home movies
  • Restoring Time, a 2015 short about the restoration work done by the Wim Wenders Foundation
  • Same Player Shoots Again (1967) and Silver City Revisited (1968), two newly restored early short films by Wenders
  • New English subtitle translations
  • More!
  • PLUS: A book featuring essays on the films by filmmaker Allison Anders, author James Robison, and critic Nick Roddick

New cover by Jason Hardy


822 - Clouds of Sils Maria

17 April 2016 - 08:32 PM

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CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Olivier Assayas

France, Germany, Switzerland • 2014 • 124 minutes • Color • 2.40:1 • German, French, English
This multilayered, immensely entertaining drama from the great contemporary French director Olivier Assayas is a singular look at the intersection of high art and popular culture. The always extraordinary Juliette Binoche is stirring as Maria, a stage and screen icon who is being courted to star in a new production of the play that made her famous—only this time she must assume the role of the older woman. Kristen Stewart matches her punch for punch as her beleaguered assistant, called upon to provide support both professional and emotional for her mercurial boss. And Chloë Grace Moretz is Maria’s arrogant new castmate, a starlet waiting in the wings. An amorphous, soul-searching tale, filled with ethereal images of its Swiss Alps setting, Clouds of Sils Maria brilliantly dramatizes one woman’s reckoning with herself and
the world.

DISC FEATURES
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with director Olivier Assayas and actors Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart
  • Cloud Phenomena of Maloja, a silent 1924 documentary by Arnold Fanck that is seen in the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Molly Haskell

New cover by Nessim Higson


821 - Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

17 April 2016 - 08:27 PM

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DR. STRANGELOVE, OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
Stanley Kubrick

United States, United Kingdom • 1964 • 95 minutes • Black and White • 1.66:1 • English
Stanley Kubrick’s painfully funny take on Cold War anxiety is one of the fiercest satires of human folly ever to come out of Hollywood. The matchless shape-shifter Peter Sellers plays three wildly different roles: Royal Air Force Captain Lionel Mandrake, timidly trying to stop a nuclear attack on the USSR ordered by an unbalanced general (Sterling Hayden); the ineffectual and perpetually dumbfounded U.S. President Merkin Muffley, who must deliver the very bad news to the Soviet premier; and the titular Strangelove himself, a wheelchair-bound presidential adviser with a Nazi past. Finding improbable hilarity in nearly every unimaginable scenario, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a subversive masterpiece that officially announced Kubrick as an unparalleled stylist and pitch-black ironist.

DISC FEATURES

  • Restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Stanley Kubrick scholars Mick Broderick and Rodney Hill; archivist Richard Daniels; cinematographer and camera innovator Joe Dunton; camera operator Kelvin Pike; and David George, son of Peter George, on whose novel Red Alert the film is based
  • Excerpts from a 1966 audio interview with Kubrick, conducted by physicist and author Jeremy Bernstein
  • Four short documentaries, about the making of the film, the sociopolitical climate of the period, the work of actor Peter Sellers, and the artistry of Kubrick
  • Interviews from 1963 with Sellers and actor George C. Scott
  • Excerpt from a 1980 interview with Sellers from NBC’s Today show
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar David Bromwich and a 1994 article by screenwriter Terry Southern on the making of the film

New cover by Eric Skillman


820 - Fantastic Planet

17 April 2016 - 08:21 PM

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FANTASTIC PLANET
René Laloux

France, Czechoslovakia • 1973 • 72 minutes • Color • 1.66:1 • French
Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.

DISC FEATURES

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate English-language soundtrack
  • Les temps morts (1965) and Les escargots (1966), two early short films by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor
  • Laloux sauvage, a 2009 documentary on Laloux
  • Episode of the French television program Italiques from 1974 about Topor’s work
  • Interview with Topor from 1973
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Brooke

New cover by Eric Skillman


819 - Here Comes Mr. Jordon

17 April 2016 - 08:00 PM

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HERE COMES MR. JORDAN
Alexander Hall

United States • 1941 • 94 minutes • Black and White • 1.33:1 • English
A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to Earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) financier—whose soul could use a transplant. Nominated for seven Oscars (it won two) and the inspiration for a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes, Alexander Hall’s effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection.

DISC FEATURES

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between critic Michael Sragow and filmmaker/distributor Michael Schlesinger
  • Audio interview from 1991 in which actor Elizabeth Montgomery discusses her father, actor Robert Montgomery
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Here Comes Mr. Jordan from 1942 starring Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, and James Gleason
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

New cover by Caitlin Kuhwald